14 Day Challenge: Cut the Refined Sugar. You’re Sweet Enough!

Yesterday we announced the next 14 day challenge which is to eliminate refined sugar. If you are interested in participating, please let me know by email. This includes eliminating your sugary cereals, cakes, sodas, sugary energy bars, energy drinks,  biscuits, and anything with high fructose corn syrup. While we’re at it, let’s throw in those vile artificial sweeteners in our diet sodas, low fat snacks, in a word= gross. 

Lets not sugarcoat this. Everyone knows it can ruin your teeth and cause gum disease. Excess amounts of sugar are stored in the liver as glycogen. When the liver is too full, the excess amounts return to the bloodstream as fatty acids. Hello weight gain. If you are nursing or pregnant, you need to be consuming extra calories to keep up with your baby’s demand. Don’t let them come from empty calories like refined sugar that do nothing beneficial for us or our babies.

Not only is refined sugar completely devoid of anything beneficial or nutritional, it causes your blood sugar levels to spike, then crash, leaving you tired and cranky. It is also linked to yeast overgrowth, hyperactivity, ADD, diabetes, mental and emotional disorders, and an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain- good times! When you consume natural sugars like those found in fruit, our brain signals to our body that it’s satisfied. With sugar and high fructose corn syrup, the opposite occurs. Our livers don’t metabolize HFCS the way it does natural sugar. 
But don’t go thinking you can replace all your sweet stuff with artificial sweet stuff. Artificial sweeteners, like sweet n low, nutrasweet, equal, and yes- Splenda, are even worse. So many people have been sickened by these chemicals that there are aspartame victim support groups. There are 92 side effects associated with aspartame that include migraines, brain lesions, memory loss, weight gain, reproductive disorders, and more.
If you’re not convinced by now, I give up! If you are, email me and I will form a smaller group email where we can share info on delicious, natural ways to deal with your sugar cravings. It will be easier than you think!